Zevon was born on August 7, 1969 to Marylin ‘Tule’ Livingston
and Warren Zevon.
Growing up in an atmosphere that ate, drank, and slept music, it was no
surprise that Jordan would be entrenched in that world. It is also no
surprise that he grew into a proper musician in his own right. Jordan’s
talent shines on his debut record, Insides Out (New West Records / Ammal
Records), on which you can tell Jordan has music in his blood, but also
makes it clear that he had his own influences, outside of his dad’s
world. The result is an intriguing record that certainly has the influence
of his father in its marrow, but also has a nod towards the brainy songwriting
prowess and pop to the likes of XTC, Elvis Costello and the Attractions,
Harry Nilsson and Steely Dan.
Jordan kicked around as a drummer in various bands like, The New Orignials,
The Graduates and The iMPOSTERS for years. However, never known for long
term commitments and since his dad was strongly encouraging him to go
out on his own, Jordan left the groups behind to pursue…well, he
wasn’t sure what direction he wanted to go, but he did continue
to write songs.
Before his untimely death in 2003, Warren told Jordan that he should record
his own music and follow his dream; advice that Jordan took to heart and
followed. When Artemis Records (Warren’s label) brought up the idea
of recording a tribute record for his dad, Jordan joined forces with Jorge
Calderon, Warren’s longtime friend and collaborator, to produce
Enjoy Every Sandwich: The Songs of Warren Zevon (which featured contributions
from Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, The Pixies and more). In addition to
producing, Jordan performed a previously unreleased song, “Studebaker,”
which also appears on the new record.
Knowing how much his parents believed in his music, Jordan knew it was
time to get serious about his own future and record what was to become
his debut album Insides Out. His determination and belief in his writing
paid off; as the debut effortlessly showcases some of the smartest pop
you’ll hear all year.
Out Track Listing:
1. The Joke's On Me
2. This Girl
4. Just Do That
5. Camila Rhodes
6. Insides Out
7. American Standard
10. Too Late To Be Saved
"Insides Out" track by track description
Written by Jordan Zevon
If you’ve never had a job from hell,
it’s probably because we both interviewed and they gave it to me
instead. I’ve had more than I can count. This song is about one
in particular where I worked in Santa Monica just steps from the beautiful
Pacific Ocean. That was the only beauty involved. It was one of the worst
times in my life. A boss from hell and that was just the tip of the iceberg.
A friend suggested that I look into Kabala for some relief and even fronted
me the money for classes. On my third visit to “class” my
ADD took over and I wrote the lyrics to this song on the blank backsides
of paper from my “workbook”. I felt like it was me against
the world and the world was winning.
“This Girl” and “Joke’s
On Me” are back to back because they have a relation. Where “Joke’s
On Me” is about the worst job you can imagine. “This Girl”
is about how love can save you from it. I don’t claim that love
is perfect or that it doesn’t fade in some cases, but when you’re
feeling the weight of the world, it doesn’t hurt to have someone
wrap their arms around you and tell you that everything will be okay.
Originally intended for a compilation of
Dad’s Love Songs, they asked me to write a song about him. I’d
say it seemed like a good idea at the time, but to be honest, I hated
the idea. But I did the song anyway and it was a relief. It was something
that I needed to say.
Just Do That
We’ve all been in relationships where
we were insecure, or we were with someone who’s insecure. “Do
you love me? Are you mad? Are you happy? Is there anything I can do?”
After a while you just snap. YES! I’m happy! It’s all good!
Just be you and enjoy it! Leave me alone!
A true story. We wrote this song as a sort
of roast to Cam for her 30th birthday. We were nervous that we might have
crossed the line and she’d be upset, but after it was replayed for
the umpteenth time through the PA in the roller rink where the party was
held and with her saying, “THAT’S ME! THAT’S ME!”
(Yes, you heard right. You had to be there), we knew she loved it. Every
group of friends should have a Camila Rhodes. If your group doesn’t…You’re
The only song I’ve ever written in
almost the time it takes to listen to the song. I usually take months
to labor over lyrics and originally thought this would just be filler
until I wrote the “real” lyrics. But this was my first venture
into therapy after the death of my parents and my emotions were dangling
so far out on my sleeve that it ended up being more than an attempt at
cleaver wordplay, but a truly introspective look at where I was at the
School was not my friend. I was never able
to focus and always thought that there was something more out there waiting
for me and my attendance records show it. I didn’t drink or do drugs,
I just wanted out. Later in life I started to regret this decision and
envied my friends and their stories of college life, but then I played
a few shows at colleges and got to hang out with the students. I was expecting
higher learning and intellectual discovery, but it was more like a 24-7
drunken wet t-shirt contest. I was at a bathroom stall, hearing some kid
in the next stall puking his guts out, I looked down at the urinal and
saw the words, “American Standard” and thought, yep, that
about sums it up. Call it an honest look into the college experience,
or call it a justification, that, “it’s not all that great”
from someone who missed out.
“Studebaker” is one of Dad’s
songs that I’ve loved since I was a child. It almost made it onto
his first two albums, but never did. When I was asked to participate in
a tribute album to Dad, it was difficult to figure out what song to do.
I knew that sometimes my singing voice sounded like his, but then what?
His original songs were performed by some of the greatest players you
can imagine; Waddy Wachtel, David Lindley, Jorge
Calderon… How can you top that? You can’t. Instead I decided
to use the opportunity to finally record the song with the same musicians.
It was humbling to watch these guys play. Rather than cover one of Dad’s
hits, I tried to present an outtake from, Excitable Boy.
My first venture into music was with a band,
The Imposters. I was the drummer and we had a blast. We played shows all
over town at LA Clubs like The Whiskey and the Roxy. As great as it was,
I had to leave. I longed to write music and felt restricted as the drummer,
but the band went on to write amazing songs and have remained my best
friends to this day. This song was one of my favs, so I casually forced
them to let me cover it.
Too Late To
I wrote the line, “There’s a
message in this bottle and I’ll drink until I find it”, and
I was hit with two thoughts. One, well that’s a pretty good line.
Two, well now what?? So it became a fictional tale about a man at the
end of his life dealing with his various regrets and the lack of time
to reverse them. But at some point it became peppered with some of the
anger I felt after my parents died and someone would say, “I’m
praying for you” and I can’t explain why that instigated anger
in me. I guess I wasn’t in the best frame of mind, but I thought,
pray for yourself… Leave me out of it. At the end of the day it’s
a song about faith and religion. Like one of my heroes George Carlin said,
“If it works for you, then that great, but leave me the fuck out
About New West Records:
New West Records LLC is a ten year old, wholly independent
record label distributed in the United States by RED Distribution. With
offices in Los Angeles and Austin TX, the company is staffed by a unique
blend of music and business specialists. The label has had 12 releases
debut in the Billboard Top 200 and boasts a number of Grammy® award
winning artists including Dwight Yoakam, Steve Earle, Rickie Lee Jones,
Kristofferson and Delbert McClinton. In addition, the roster includes
Ben Lee, Buddy & Julie Miller, Drive-By Truckers, Jason Isbell, John
Hiatt, Jordan Zevon, Old 97’s, Randall Bramblett, Ray Davies, Stephen
Bruton, The Flatlanders and Tim Easton. New West Records also has partnerships
with Danny Goldberg’s AMMAL Records, Scott Weiland’s Softdrive
Records, and exclusively releases CDs and DVDs from the award-winning
television program “Austin City Limits”.
About Ammal Records:
Music industry veteran Danny Goldberg established
Ammal Records in 2007. It’s releases include Working Man’s
Café, the second solo album by the legendary Ray Davies, the debut
album from Jordan Zevon titled Insides Out, Warren Zevon’s Preludes:
Rare and Unreleased Recordings and Three Easy Pieces, the first new music
in a decade by Boston’s Buffalo Tom. Ammal Records is an imprint
through New West